Don’t sleep on SKEME!

 

I knew this dude was fire when I first heard him like, 3 years ago, on a Kris Kasanova track!

it was called “Shut Em Down” by Kris Kasanova ft. Jarv Dee and Skeme // Click to Listen

After that – I started catching tracks as they circulated through my newsfeed – social media, etc. Now, about a year ago, a young man I was talkin to at the time was a big fan and avid listener to Skeme. He was playin “Ingleworld 2” and as we vibed out, there was one track in particular that stuck with me. “1 Time 4 Pimp”.

Some of you may understand why, but some of you just might not. But there was a Pimp C snippet half way through the song, “I don’t give a fuck about hip-hop cause I ain’t made none of that shit. You niggas been sayin’ we wasn’t real hip-hop from the beginning of time. They say we wasn’t real hip-hop cause we don’t have no backpack. When mothafuckas tell you something for so long lets you know they don’t want you”.

Hands down, the whole track was fire – and you can listen to it by clicking HERE // It’ll redirect you to YouTube.

This man – continues to drop bars. This West Coast rapper has a very distinct, almost animalistic rasp to his voice, that drops bar for bar on nearly every track I personally have heard thus far.

#DontSleepOnSkeme

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Hip-Hop isn’t as dead as you think

I grew up listening to Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Mos Def, Rakim, Slick Rick, Doug-E Fresh – the list goes on.

I was also brought up in a 2Pac & Nas household.

I went ahead and took a listen to Biggy in my adult life,  not my personal cup of tea, but I will always acknowledge him as a pioneer. As far as Jay-Z, I wasn’t a huge fan of his flow. When him and Pharell were making tracks, that was the only time I faithfully listened to Jay-Z. “Change Clothes”, “Frontin”, “Excuse Me”.

But I am ALSO a fan of the Fetty Wap, the Lil Yachty, the Desiigner and THAT list could very well go on. OBVIOUSLY not because of content – but their music is very much #MoodMusic

With all that being said, yes, I grew up in a household of quality music. And while yes, my music library consists of Baduizm, “Ms. Fat Booty”, “Loddy Doddy” and “Microphone Fiend”. It ALSO consists of “Trap Queen”, “Panda” and fucking “Cut It”.

 

But even with all that being said, I was raised to understand that Hip-Hop was a lifestyle that consisted of these core outlets! Breaking, beatboxing, rapping, graffiti and DJ’ing. But they keyword here is “outlet”. These were artistic expressions, that were either utilized to keep our people out of trouble. A constructive way to let out our frustrations, our anger. While still being our therapy without having to sit in front of some white person with a pen and paper trying to diagnose a struggle they don’t fuckin understand. So we danced atop our cardboard boxes and battled friends and peers. We drew on abandoned buildings and trains, for hours! We couldn’t always afford canvases and paint brushes. Home WAS our canvas, this was our peace. And to flawlessly finesse our favorite tracks into a whole set of just #MoodMusic? (loooong before the hashtag. Lmao). Oooooh man! Now THAT, that was a talent. To be able to establish, and maintain a vibe, crowd control is still to this day a legit super power! And to top it all off, we rapped. This was our way of saying what we wanted to say, what we needed to say! ESPECIALLY when nobody else was listening. Even with these being our outlets, it took the best to cross over.

And that brings me to my next point. Back in the day, you couldn’t just BE the next big rap star. The standards were very different. You couldn’t just get the internet poppin, and then one day someone acknowledges you as the next Hip Hop Freshman. Back then, you NEEDED word-of-mouth. You NEEDED that foot hustle. Not at all discrediting the “modern day come-up” – but the criteria has changed almost completely. These young cats can almost completely bypass the business, and go straight for the people. And I think THAT is the biggest reason the Hip-Hop community has become so biased and border-line boujie. On some days, rightfully so. And I  genuinely understand the frustration. ESPECIALLY when these new age niggas, disrespect a pioneer.

But please, just hear me out. I need the community to stop categorizing what is NOT Hip-Hop / with Hip-Hop. My friends and I got into a whole little quarrel about this, and I just want to speak my mind on this. I personally find a difference in Rap artists, and Hip-Hop artists. Do you realize the game has completely changed? Have you realized that these cats are singing bars? I STILL don’t know how to categorize Fetty Wap, Desiigner, Future, shit even Drake sometimes. There is a whole new genre of artistry right now. As far as Hip-Hop though, Kendrick is there, J. Cole is there, Gifted Gab is fuckin there, Skeme is there! Battle Rap is STILL active and . Stop calling what is NOT Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop. And stop putting these irrelevant standards on XXL’s Freshman Class – that is for the new cats comin into the game. That shit ain’t for Hip-Hop, that’s a popularity roster.

Keep your judgement in context – and give credit where credit is due. Yes, some of these cats spit ‘ABC’ bars, but I will never knock somebody’s hustle. Nicki Minaj – she used her bars to get acknowledged, utilized the genres to obtain her following and crossover into nearly every aspect of the music game. And once she got in, she’s back to what got our attention in the first place! Not saying, everybody has to do it that way. But invest in your craft!

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PAY for your beats, tilize LEGIT studio time, generate a press packet, and deliver QUALITY! Not just the homie with the camera, and my bro with the home studio and the Free trial version of Pro Tools. Some of these new age cats are winning because they are pleasing to the eye. Their music quality sounds crisp as fuck, and they walk into the game like they been there already.

All I am saying is – the game has changed. 

The standards are very different. The music is easily accessible, and whether you wanna accept it or not – the people enjoy something melodic that the masses can relate to. You can’t just spit a hot 16 and it be enough anymore. Wrap that shit up in a pretty ass box, with a pretty ass bow and serve it to the people with the best following. Not those purchased followers, but the people with genuine followers. Engage in conversations. Spamming inboxes and walls isn’t gonna get the job done. That’s just gonna piss people off. But that’s a whooooole other post. Believe me! Lmao!

 

If you don’t walk away with anything else, leave with these things:

Stop categorizing what is not Hop-Hop, as Hip-Hop

Acknowledge the growth in the game and hold on to the gems in it

And ain’t shit in life free

Sue Loves You! 

Dreka MothaFuckin Gates 


Let me tell you somethin. This woman. This flawless piece of Gods work! 

It is no secret amongst my friends, that I was madly in love with Kevin Gates. I speak past tense because of the way he carried himself in that Traci Steele interview. Just cause he did that “yes ma’am, no ma’am” bullshit, doesn’t really excuse the sleeve wipe. But I digress! 

But, Dreka. My goodness. If I was to ever in life, agree for even a moment, to “Sister Wife”. I promise you, the ONLY couple I would do it with, would be Mr. & Mrs. Gates. 

😍😍😍 #Dreka #WCE #SueLovesYou 

Gucci Mane – #CloneRant

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I am not saying that this clone theory is hella far fetched.

But let me explain something to you. Gucci Mane was in prison for what? 7 years? No social media, no fans. Primarily his woman in his ear and the people that genuinely cared about him. Not only was he in a space that allowed him time to himself. But in a space he couldn’t be overwhelmed by opinions, assumptions, negative scrutiny. Not directly at least.

Might have even been preached to, about the kind of “juice” he really had – and finding a better way of utilizing it.

What if YOU were in confinement. Probably after the first what, week? Completely disregarding that shit they call food, without shit to do but work out and watch TV in your spare time. I don’t doubt he had a phone in there, cause shit, he is still Gucci LaFlare. But do you really think Gucci Mane could really get away with utilizing social media, and that not leaking? Not once did he post a “cell-fie” like a lot of these dummies. I doubt highly, that just anyone had access to any phone this dude may, or may not, have had in prison. For all we know, he could’ve had a mothafuckin TRAP phone, T9 on the keys ass, still using your thumb ass phone! 

But let’s bring this even closer to home! How many niggas do you know, or have witnessed, go to prison fat, without so much as nickel bag dreams and no “religious beliefs”. But not even a whole 7 years, maybe 2, later they’re either buff as fuck or crazy thin, and a born again Muslim?! 

But Gucci’s a clone? Cause he came out with not only everything he had prior to going in. But MORE! Looking phenomenal, utilizing the power of “annunciation”? And before you hit me with that tattoo shit, I feel like people are very ignorant to the fact that he was fat, (in comparison), when he got his tattoos… The nigga is like half of who he was, his tattoos have completely decreased in size! Some of them probably don’t even look the same! BRUH! His woman don’t even look the same!! Come on!

While all these clone theories are not far-fetched. I truly don’t think he is an example.